July and August Weekend Plans From Around the Region

This month: Celebrate the Wild West, the Maroon Bells' birthday, and the Centennial State’s top athletes.

July 21 2014, 1:10 PM

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR
July 24–27 Buffalo Bill Days
Celebrate Colorado’s beloved cowboy in Golden with concerts, crafts, parades, and, of course, a Wild West show.

July 25­–27 Rocky Mountain State Games
Catch the second half of this 40-plus sport extravaganza in Colorado Springs.

August 2 Rocky Mountain Half Marathon
Challenge your legs (and lungs) with this half that starts at the Stanley Hotel, laps Lake Estes, and then heads into Rocky Mountain National Park before finishing on the hotel’s front lawn.

August 2 Maroon Bells Birthday Party
Aspen’s iconic peaks celebrate their 50th birthday—or at least the 50th anniversary of their protection as a Wilderness Area—with music (including Denver’s beloved Paper Bird), cake, and kids activities at Aspen Highlands Ski Area.

August 2-3 Keystone Bluegrass & Beer Festival
Keystone brings pickers such as Peter Rowan, The Railsplitters, and The Deadly Gentleman to the River Run Village for down-home performances on three states and, of course, plenty of beer for tasting from more than 30 Colorado microbreweries.

August 11 Boulder Bike to Farm Tours
You’ve only got a few more chances to take part in one of Awe-struck Outdoors farm tours, in which you’ll take a guided bike ride to one of Boulder’s area farms and learn about how the food is grown before sitting down to a delicious three-course meal.

August 13­-14 Steve McQueen at Anderson Ranch Arts Center Symposium
The renowned director and artist lands in Snowmass as part of the keynote speaker for the Center’s two-day “Making the Change You Want to See” symposium.

HAPPENINGS
Colorado Springs adds another brewery. Green Man Taproom recently opened in the former Payne Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church and boasts 50 rotating brews and an outdoor beer garden.

Sylvan Dale Ranch reopens. A victim of the 2013 floods, the Loveland area ranch—which has been operated by the Jessup family since 1946—reopened for dude ranching season in June. Get your yeehaw on with horseback riding, trout fishing, trap shooting, and relaxing around the pool.